'''The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art''', commonly known as '''Cooper Union''' or '''The Cooper Union'''
and informally referred to, especially during the 19th century, as "the Cooper Institute",
is a privately funded college located in Cooper Square
in the East Village, Manhattan|East Village
neighborhood of Manhattan
, New York City
. Inspired in 1830 when Peter Cooper
learned about the government-supported École Polytechnique
, Cooper Union was established in 1859.
The school was built on a radical new model of American higher education based on founder Peter Cooper
's fundamental belief that an education "equal to the best technology schools [then] established"
should be accessible to those who qualify, independent of their race, religion, sex, wealth or social status, and should be "open and free to all".
[Mead, Edwin Doak (ed.)... ]